Trend Report – Milan Fashion Week S/S 16

 Show, after show, after show – quick pit stop for a double espresso, charge the phone, freshen up – bump into some more people, and on to the next one. Amongst this chaotic blasé of events and shows this week in Milan, we have picked out some of the key trends to be inspired by, pondered on, and followed.


Oversized Jacket
Given the oversized jacket has been knocking around for the past few seasons, we just can’t fault it. The fundamental aspect of carefree – chic is to have the outerwear brushing mid-way between the knee and the hip. Anything below that and you could be mistaken for a hobo.


                         No.21                                      Vivienne Westwood               Diesel Black Gold

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Monochromatic Look

Solid colour, one tone, emboss effect, wow. The simple block colouring and straight edges frame the body without over powering and confusing the basis of high fashion. This look was dramatized and so effortlessly perfected by Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National, Versace, Etro, Giorgio Armani, John Richmond, Pringle of Scotland and DAKS.

                              Costume National                             Etro                                Giorgio Armani

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Glossy Leather

Rawhide and squeaky leather filled the air in Giorgio Armani, Z Zegna, Missoni, DSquarded2 and Prada’s shows. From wet- look dripping leather to matte and under stated fabrics, this was the more playful side to dominatrix – if there was ever anything like that.

leather                                            MSGM                                        Prada                                   DSquarded2

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80’s Double – Breasted Jacket

No-one is too old for a tailored suit. As lethal as they originated this style of jacket is making a comeback. As seen in Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo’s shows just to name a few, this re-birth of a gentleman’s classic is a dream for the business man, and the on- lookers.


                                Giorgio Armani                   Dolce& Gabbana                 Salvatore Ferrgamo

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Contemporary Stripes

Striped and pulled back symmetric blocking is another one that just won’t give up without a fight. The perfect way to pull off that smart well-groomed man is to add a stripe, or two, or lots like Salvatore Ferragamo’s looks or MSGM’s. 

                                 MSGM                          Salvatore Ferragamo                    Vivienne Westwood

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Pyjama Style

Whoever said pain is beauty was clearly wrong, as this looks easy, comfortable and painless chic adorned the runway. From oriental get ups to wrapping Indian dress suits, these designers know how to work extreme fabrics effortlessly.

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                            Gucci                                             Versace                                              Dolce & Gabbana

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These key trends showcased, were as if they had walked straight off the pages of the illustrations they had started as, and onto the runway. The main factors that ran through these shows was this sense of gender fluidity and playful gents that know how to have a good time yet staying elegant and refined.

Milan, it has been an absolute pleasure.


Words by Yasmin Graham